Shopping for gifts and toys 4 year old boys doesn’t have to be a complicated affair. We have dozens upon dozens of fantastic gift ideas that will inspire creativity in young kids, and most importantly, help them along when it comes to hitting all of their important developmental milestones. If you need a bit of inspiration when it comes to deciding what to get for your little guy, make sure to browse through this list.
1. Toys to Build Language Skills
By the age of 4, your child should be able to say his name, speak between 250 and 500 words, tell stories, and be able to answer simple questions. While all kids hit different linguistic milestones at different times, you can still help to make sure that he’s hitting all of these important milestones by choosing toys that help with building language skills. These gifts work great for boosting vocabulary, introducing new language concepts, and improving cognitive functioning.
Give your child a helping hand with his speech development by giving him a set of sequencing cards this holiday season. They make language development fun and entertaining for the whole family.
Learning Resources Fox In The Box
As your 4 year old continues to grow up, learning aids like this popular word activity set can help teach him skills like following multi-step directions and learning positional words and rhymes.
Early Learning Language Library Learning Cards
Flash cards have been proven to be an incredibly effective learning aid for young kids. Help to build his vocabulary to impressive levels with this picture-friendly set of 160 language learning cards.
One of the biggest milestones for little boys is the very first time that they ride their bicycles on their own. Help him along the way this holiday season by starting him out with a tricycle. They’re the perfect gift idea for taking those first steps (or pedals, rather), as tricycles can help little boys with the development of different muscle groups while also improving balance, motor skills, and spatial awareness.
Schwinn Roadster Tricycle
Tricycles with low centers of gravity are perfect for young riders who are just learning how to ride because they don't require much balance. This retro style trike makes for a great gift idea for the novice rider in your family.
Radio Flyer Red Rider Trike
An adjustable “grow with me” seat makes this red riding tricycle one gift idea that is sure to last him for years. The trike also features a convenient storage bin on the back so that riders can bring all of their favorite toys.
John Deere Heavy Duty Kids Steel Tricycle
If you’ve got a young John Deere fan in your family, then we have the perfect gift idea for you. This heavy duty tricycle sports the iconic green and yellow colors and will have your little guy racing up and down the streets in style.
3. Age-appropriate Board Games
Spend some quality family time away from screens with activities that everyone will enjoy. An evening spent playing age-appropriate board games together isn’t just a ton of fun for the whole family, it’s actually a great way to help him with quite a few important developmental milestones. Board games have been found to help kids feel more motivated, recognize and consider the concepts of following rules, recognize patterns, and develop long-term critical thinking. (1)
Introduce your 4 year old to the fun of Bingo with this age-appropriate 1-2-3 number Bingo game. He’ll be able to develop critical developmental skills while having a ton of fun with other players along the way.
Your little guy will want family board game night every night as soon as he plays his first game of Candy Land. This is one board game that’s jam packed full of fun surprises for little ones as they race to the castle with their character pawn.
Roll the die and fish for colorful sea creatures in this great 2-for-1 gift that you can enjoy together this holiday season with this combo pack that includes the Shark Bite fishing game along with a Let’s Go Fishin’ card game set.
4. Books About Emotions
An undeniable fact of childhood is that our little ones go through a huge variety of emotions on a constant, daily basis. These constantly changing emotions can be overwhelming for some 4 year olds. If that sounds like your little boy, you can help him to process all of his new thoughts and feelings by gifting him a set of books about emotions that will help to teach him that it’s okay to think and feel a variety of different ways, as well as teaching him healthier ways to express those emotions.
My Magic Bottle of Emotions
Growing up often involves a whirlwind of emotions that can be scary for 4 year olds. Help him sort through his thoughts and feelings with great books like 'My Magic Bottle of Emotions: Pop!'
I Feel: A Book About Recognizing and Understanding Emotions
Understanding that they aren’t alone when it comes to experiencing a wide range of emotions can be incredibly comforting and reassuring for little ones. Show him that he’s not alone by gifting him the book 'I Feel'.
The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions
Help him to feel more in control of his emotions with this book. It will show him how perfectly normal it is to experience a wide range of different feelings throughout the day.
There are hundreds of little milestones that parents watch out for as their little ones grow up over the years. One of the most underrated moments is definitely the first time that he manages to put two blocks together. From there, it’s only a matter of time before his imagination will have him building the most grand inventions. Lego DUPLO toys are a great way for him to get started, as DUPLO uses bigger blocks that are easier for 4 year olds to assemble.
Duplo Big Construction Site
If your little guy is obsessed with all things construction related, then he’s going to love getting to build his very own construction sites with this fantastic Lego DUPLO set.
Town Fire Station
Encourage him to use his imagination when playing with this town fire station set. It comes with 2 DUPLO figures (plus a dog), the fire station, a fire hydrant, ladder, hose, and more for hours of play.
LEGO DUPLO Steam Train
Do you have a budding train conductor in your family? Then this remote controlled train set would make the perfect gift complete with lights, sounds and 59 Lego DUPLO pieces to play with.
6. Electronic Learning Toys
Not all screen time has to be bad screen time. If you’re going to let your 4 year old use electronic screens, you might as well make it time well spent by looking into a few electronic learning toys for a gift. While there is still definitely a bit of controversy surrounding the benefits of electronic screens, the fact remains that there are indeed some solid benefits for kids, especially if it helps him to stay engaged and motivated with his learning. (2)
Make sure that he’s ready to go for his first year of school with this Ready for School learning tablet. It features apps designed to prepare him for reading, music, problem solving, and more.
Learning Resources Puzzle Globe
Give him a head start on his geography with this 3D globe puzzle. It will teach him all of the continent names plus the names of the oceans and famous landmarks from all around the world.
VTech Write & Learn Creative Center
Encourage the development of your little man’s artistic side with this Write & Learn toy. It provides a fun way for him to practice writing and drawing by allowing him to follow along with animated demonstrations.
7. Dinosaur Toys
Help to bring out your 4 year old’s inner paleontologist with this great selection of dinosaur toys. Not only can dinosaur toys be quite educational as they can help him to learn about all of the different dino species out there, but they can also encourage the development of both fine and gross motor skills, creative thinking, and even help with expressing different emotions (making herbivores run away in fear from meat eaters, for example).
Boley 5 Piece Jumbo Dinosaur Set
Your 4 year old will be all too proud to teach you all about the many kinds of different dinosaur species after he gets this 5 piece jumbo dinosaur set for a gift this holiday season.
LEGO Juniors urassic World Raptor Rescue Truck Kit
He’ll be using his imagination and acting out all of his favorite Jurassic World movie scenes with this fun Lego play set that includes an off-road truck, a dino cage, and three movie character figurines.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Dinosaur Stamp Set
This wooden dinosaur stamp set is the perfect gift idea to encourage hand eye coordination and storytelling for your little one who is into dinosaurs. The set comes with 8 dinosaur-themed stamps plus 5 colored pencils.
8. Table Manner Toys and Books
Being able to demonstrate proper table manners (and manners in general) is an important part of growing up that all little boys will need to get the hang of. Try giving him one of these books or toys that are all about learning table manners to help him get a headstart on mastering his manners. These books make learning how to properly act at the dinner table a fun educational experience that will have your friends and family complimenting your 4 year old’s table manners in no time!
The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners
Can you imagine how disastrous it would be if everyone in your family suddenly forgot their table manners? The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners will help teach him why it’s so important to practice proper manners.
Don't Eat Your Soup with a Fork
Don’t Eat Your Soup with a Fork' is a fun and silly book that helps teach 4 year olds all about how to eat their favorite foods correctly.
If a Very Important Person Invited You to Lunch
If somebody important invited you out for lunch, would you know how to behave? Explore the answer to that question with your little one by reading 'If a Very Important Person Invited you to Lunch together'
9. Musical Toys
It’s seriously impressive how children are able to identify the rhythm and beats in music from such an early age. Help to encourage his interest in music with this great selection of musical toys. They will help to increase his sensory development, build hand eye coordination, and even help with developing numeracy, literacy, and vocabulary.
Your little boy will have a blast learning how to play the piano because of how realistic this toy piano actually is. Featuring 25 keys, 2 full octaves, an illustrated songbook, and a color-coded key chart, he'll be practicing short tunes in no time.
Melissa & Doug Caterpillar Xylophone
Kids love exploring music with fun musical toys like this caterpillar xylophone. This toy is a great gift idea for helping him to develop fine motor skills while exploring creative play.
Could your 4 year old be the next Beethoven? You'll never know! This toy musical orchestra set can certainly help him get started down that path if music is what he’s into.
10. Age-appropriate Card Games
One of the oldest games of leisure in existence, card games are great for 4 year old boys, so long as you stick with age-appropriate games. Handling a set of cards will help him to develop his fine motor skills, while counting out numbers and sequences will go a long way towards developing early math skills. On top of that, card games can help boost memory, long-term strategizing, and of course, help with the development of those crucial social skills when playing with others.
Think Tank Scholar Flash Cards Bundle
Expand his vocabulary in a huge way with this set of over 500 flash cards. Covering up to 75% of the content found in most beginner books, each of the packs included in this set comes with 6 teaching methods and 6 fun learning games.
Make family game night a weekly event by playing the classic card game Uno together. It’s easy enough for 4 year olds to learn, while also being challenging enough to get him to use those critical thinking skills.
Help to foster your little guy’s creativity and quick thinking by playing SLAPZI together as a family. This game is a perfect gift idea for the holiday season, offering 8 different ways to play.
11. Pretend Play Costumes
Pretend play is one of the best ways to encourage your 4 year old’s creative thinking and help him to develop his social skills. Dressing up and roleplaying with costumes will let him pretend to be a dragon, a firefighter, a superhero, or whatever else your little one might be into. Besides just letting him have a ton of fun, dressing up in costumes will help to engage his brain and memory, develop critical problem solving skills, and even help with his emotional development.
Fire Chief Costume Set
Being a firefighter one day is a dream for little boys all over the world. You can help to make that dream come true for him every day with this fun fire chief costume set that includes a jacket, helmet, badge, and more.
Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume
If your little guy is obsessed with dinosaurs, then what better way to help encourage his creative play than with this inflatable Jurassic World T-Rex costume?
If your 4 year old is a Batman guy, then he will surely be delighted with how realistic this DC Comics Deluxe Batman costume is. It comes with a cape, mask, muscle chest jumpsuit, and more.
12. Bedtime Books
Not every parent ends up getting lucky when it comes to the sleep patterns and habits of their children. For every parent whose child sleeps soundly through the night, there’s yet another who is up all throughout the night comforting their little one. Studies have found that one of the best ways to help children with difficulty sleeping is to develop a consistent bedtime routine that you stick to each and every night. This carefully selected list of bedtime books will go a long way towards helping your 4 year old to develop his own bedtime ritual.
Studies have shown over and over how important it is for young children to develop a nightly bedtime routine. Help him to settle into one with great books like 'Goodnight Moon'.
Bedtime With Blippi
Take a fun journey through fantastic dream worlds together by reading 'Bedtime With Blippi' before bed. The book allows you to see what popular children’s entertainer Blippi gets up to in his dreams.
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime (A Dinosaur vs. Book)
Does your 4 year old battle against bedtime every night? Then reading Dinosaur vs Bedtime together may be just the thing he needs to help him settle into a more relaxed bedtime routine.
13. Ride-n Toys
When it comes to toys that help your little boy develop in multiple areas at once, it’s hard to beat ride-on toys. They work amazingly well for building up both gross and fine motor skills, balance, spatial awareness, and self-confidence. Ride-on toys are also great for developing a sense of exploration, encouraging your little one to build up his independence.
Encourage time away from screens with fun toys like the PlasmaCar. It’s perfect for playing both indoors and outdoors. It can even reach speeds of up to 10km/hr.
John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer
He’ll be ready to tackle even the toughest of jobs with this John Deere Ground Force tractor. It has 2 speeds plus a reverse, an accelerator pedal with automatic brakes, and it even comes with a working FM radio.
Powered Ride On Truck
Your 4 year old will be delighted by how realistic this 12V ride-on truck is. It comes with an adjustable seatbelt for safety, bright LED lights, and many more awesome features.
14. Giant Stuffed Animals
Nurturing a positive emotional environment is of the utmost importance when it comes to raising our kids. Aside from the obvious bond that children form with their parents and siblings from the very start, one of the earliest emotional bonds that many children will make it with a preferred stuffed animal. Help your little guy to manage his emotions comfortably by picking him up a brand new stuffed animal friend this holiday season.
Melissa & Doug Giant Lion
It’s incredible how lifelike this giant stuffed lion toy is. Each and every one of these toys are handcrafted with care and come with Melissa & Doug’s standard ‘100% Happiness’ guarantee.
4 Foot Elephant
Give your little guy the gift of elephant hugs with this cute stuffed elephant toy. This stuffed toy has an adorable expression that helps to encourage pretend play.
Giant Teddy Bear Plush
Has your 4 year old been asking for a really, really big teddy bear? Then this 63” tall stuffed teddy bear could be the perfect holiday gift idea if he doesn't mind it being way bigger than him!
15. Drawing Books
There aren’t very many better ways to help your little man build his confidence than by watching his drawing skills improve over time. Drawing books are perfect for helping him to explore his creativity and his artistic side, while also developing the fine motor skills in his hands, fingers, and wrists. On top of that, practising drawing will also help him to develop his focus and concentration, two skills that will help him out greatly as he approaches school age.
Scratch & Sketch Extreme
Give the young artist in your family plenty to keep busy with. This trace along book comes with a compilation of 20 drawing and design projects that your little one can experiment with.
How to Draw 101 Monsters
How to Draw 101 Monsters combines monsters and drawing — two things many 4 year old boys are completely obsessed with. The book offers easy to follow step-by-step directions that makes drawing cool looking monsters a breeze.
Drawing Pad for Kids
Let your little one express his creative side by getting him this drawing pad for kids as a gift. With a beautiful matte finish for the front cover, this is one cool looking drawing pad that he’ll be proud to show off.
16. Toys to Learn Personal Care
Being able to take care of yourself and practice proper personal hygiene are important milestones for little boys to hit as they grow up. Sometimes, they just need a little bit of help with mastering the basics though, and that’s where these handy toys that help to teach personal care come into play. Whether it’s developing the habit of brushing his teeth or learning about the importance of bathtime, these toys will have him covered.
Lion Dental Puppet
Proper dental hygiene habits are so vitally important for our little ones to develop. Give him a helping hand when it comes to brushing and flossing with this stuffed lion dental puppet.
Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover
You can make sure that bathtime is always a fun and relaxing time with this moby whale spout cover. Featuring an adjustable strap that fits snugly over most tubs, it works great for preventing bumps.
Toothbrushing Rewards Chart
One of the best ways to keep our little ones on track when it comes to building healthy habits is by rewarding them for their efforts, which is exactly what this handy chart for tracking dental hygiene habits does.
17. Dance Toys and Games
Get your little guy up and moving with these dancing toys and games. One of the biggest downsides to all of the conveniences of modern life is how sedentary many people are becoming. Keep your 4 year old engaged and active with these great toys that will help him with developing everything from his cognitive skills, to his fine and gross motor skills, all the way to his social skills.
Educational Insights Magic Moves Electronic Wand
This Magic Moves microphone will have your 4 year old up and moving in no time at all. It features over 90 fun and physical commands, 26 unique twinkling lights, and a variety of musical styles.
What could make for a better buddy for a 4 year old than a dancing robot buddy? This little guy works great as both a companion and as a stress relief toy.
Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat
Your little one will love dancing around and making music with this gigantic piano key play mat. It comes equipped with 8 selectable musical instrument sounds with 4 different play modes.
18. Chore Charts/Toys
It doesn’t take long for 4 year old boys to begin craving more independence and responsibility. It’s just too cute watching them do whatever they can to try and help out. Help your little guy out with his desire to help out more by gifting him one of these chore charts or toys. They make doing chores and learning about basic responsibility fun for both you and him, all the while going a long way towards building up his confidence and sense of self-worth.
Chore time doesn’t have to be a boring time. At least not with these fun chore sticks for kids. Keep your little one having fun and guessing what their next chore is!
Pajama Pets Topsy Turvy Chore Turtle
This topsy turvy toy turtle teaches your little one all about two very important habits to develop — making their bed and putting away their pajamas each day.
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility and Chore Chart
Help to encourage good behavior from him with this brilliant magnetic responsibility chart. It comes with over 90 magnets for tracking both behavior and rewards.
19. Active Toys
It should come as no surprise to anyone by now that we are indeed firm believers in getting your kids up and active as often as possible. This selection of active toys work great for getting little boys on board with that game plan as well. Active play for preschoolers provides a huge range of benefits, both physical and mental. It will help with improving his cardiovascular fitness, build up strong muscles and bones, learn coordination and movement control, and even lower his risk of developing chronic diseases later on in life.
Monkey Bar Climbing Tower
No playground nearby? No problem! This easy to assemble monkey bar climbing tower will work in a pinch in order to get your little guy outside and active. Best of all, it takes very little time to assemble.
Stomp Rocket Jr.
Get your little one up and moving around with this fun rocket game. He can jump or stomp on the mechanism to launch a foam rocket up to 100 feet in the air.
Active Core Engagement Wobble Stool
If your little one spends a lot of time sitting at tables, then this wobble stool would make for a great holiday gift idea. It works to encourage active core engagement while still allowing plenty of freedom to move around.
13 Creative Diy Toys and Gifts for Your Four Year Old Boy
Diy Lego Tray
Diy No Sew Minecraft Pillow Tutorial
Diy Action Figure Lamp
Diy Homemade Playdough
Diy Elephant Block Puzzle
Diy Frame Lacers
Diy Water Balloon Launcher
Diy Felt Toy Truck
Diy Homemade 100 Chart
Diy No Sew Mailbox
Diy Boys Lego Belt
Diy Wooden Peg Superhero
Diy Superhero Costume
More Toys and Gifts for 4 Year Old Boys
355+ Fun and Essential Toys for 4 Year Olds
26 Ride on Toys Your 4 Year Old Will Cherish
41 Age-Appropriate Board Games for 4 Year Olds That Don’t Suck
39 Best Bikes and Bike Sizes for 4 Year Olds
58 Cool Toys for 4 Year Old Boys and Girls
22 Best Car Seats to Keep Your 4 Year Old Safe
23 Clever Math Games, Toys and Activities for 4 Year Olds
(You may also like: 24 Must-Have Toys for the 4 Year Old Girl Who Has Everything)